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CLONAID – the first human cloning company

This site won an Encouragement Award in the 2002 Millenium Awards. The citation read:

What a con job! The Raelians managed to get enormous publicity around the world at the end of 2002 with their ridiculous claim that they had cloned a human being. Credulous reporters competed with each other to write the story for newspapers or tell it on television. News editors ran around trying to get exclusive scoops with the first pictures. Millions of dollars worth of free publicity was generated, publicity which will encourage vain, stupid and excessively-wealthy people to give money to this bunch of whackos. And what happened when the "cloners" were asked for some evidence? They suddenly found out that the "parents" wanted privacy! This just tells us what sensible people knew all along – there is no clone, there are only lies. Still, such ingenuity needs encouraging, which is why they have received this award.

So what will happen the next time a pack of fraudsters comes along and says "We think that there were no people before 25,000 years ago. We think that aliens came from space and made people. We have made a baby and we beat all the real scientists who have been trying to do this"? Will the media give them credibility, or will they be told to go away and stop bothering the adults? Unfortunately, I think we all know the answer to these questions.


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